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My favorite autumn camping destinations

I love camping in fall. It’s during this period that I plan the most outings. Summer can be a busy period: BBQ’s with friends, weddings, swimming at home etc.! In fall, with back to school, camping sites are transformed into a haven of tranquility and I want to make the most out of it. My camping season traditionally ends with Thanksgiving when the fall colors are in full swing. Each year I choose a different destination and in recent years I had some favorites. Here’s a list of places that have charmed me all within 5 hours of Montreal.

White Mountains, New Hampshire, United States

The New Hampshire White Mountains are according to Lonely Planet and I, one of the best places in the world to see autumn at its finest. The Kancamagus Scenic Byway offers one of the most beautiful roads through the New Hampshire White Mountains. The Mt-Washington ascent by car or on foot and Silver Cascade fall in Carroll County are also must-see activities to see the trees shine!

Camp in the White Mountains:

I like camping near North Conway, I think it’s central and I can’t resist going for a walk in the shops of this pretty village. The White Mountains region offers hundreds of campsites for all styles. During my past stays, I particularly enjoyed Glenn Ellis Family Campground. It’s an ideal campsite for those who travel in RV’s and seeks to have services. It can be very cold at night at this time of the year.

Here are some links to do your research according to your preferences:

List of private campgrounds with services

List of campgrounds in the White Mountains National Forest

List of State Parks in the area

Finger Lakes, New York, United States

The Finger Lakes area of ​​upstate New York is farther away, but worth it! Harvests are in full swing in this wine region. The vast landscapes of vineyards are spotted with red, orange and gold. Hiking, farm tours and vineyards are in the spotlight during this getaway.

Camp in the Finger Lakes area

Letchworth State Park and Watkins Glen State Park, classified respectively 1st and 3rd better national park of the country by the USA Today are according to me your best choices and certain site offer services for the campers in RV’s.

List of campgrounds in the area

Thousand Islands Area, Ontario

The region of Thousand Islands is at its best in fall. Embark on a cruise on the River, Enjoy the banks right off the campgrounds and even visit a castle!

Camp in the Thousand Islands area

Opt without hesitation for the parks of the Saint Lawrence during your stay. Ivy Lea campground is my first choice but the’re all very beautiful according to what I was told!

https://www.stlawrenceparks.com/camping/campgrounds/

Mauricie National Park, Quebec, Canada

Mauricie National Park has 150 lakes on 536 square kilometers of forest, besides a panoramic road. You will not run out of opportunities to observe the fall colors, whether it is on the water, on foot or by car, you must make a stop a the belvedere of the Passage.

Online reservation:

https://www.pc.gc.ca/fr/pn-np/qc/mauricie/visit/infrastructure

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, Stoneham, Quebec

The Jacques-Cartier National Park in Stoneham is also one of my favorites because of the magnificent views it offers on its hiking trails.

Sépaq campsites are always a guarantee of quality and I am never disappointed when I stay there.

https://www.sepaq.com/reservation

Coaticook Gorge Park, Estrie, Quebec

I love camping at Coaticook Gorge Park. This park offers interesting autumn landscapes and activities on its site. Bikes, hiking, suspension bridge with sublime views of the gorge and why not attend one of the last performances of the Foresta Lumina season!

http://gorgedecoaticook.qc.ca/hebergement-estival/camping/

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Foresta Lumina – Coaticook

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There are plenty of places to enjoy fall colors. These are mine but I would like to discover yours. Share your favorite places in the comments!

See you soon!

Véronique

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